Communications Project

Document Type:Master's Thesis
Name:Mark Fisher
Title:Kant's Critical Attitude Towards The Only Possible Argument
Degree:Master of Arts
Committee Chair: Eric Watkins
Committee Members:Roger Ariew, Professor
Joseph C. Pitt, Department Head
Keywords:Kant, possibility, necessity, demonstration, God
Date of defense:July 24, 1997
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Kant's Critical Attitude Towards The Only Possible Argument by Mark Fisher Chair: Eric Watkins Philosophy (Abstract) A great deal of attention has been paid to Kant's claim in the Critique of Pure Reason that all theoretical attempts to demonstrate the existence of God must necessarilly end in failure. What has received considerably less attention is the fact that throughout his pre-Critical period, i.e., the period prior to the 1781 publication of the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant develops a unique argument in support of the possibility of such a demonstration. It is obvious that the Critical Kant can no longer maintain the validity of the argument which he presents in The Only Possible Argument in Support of a Demonstration of the Existence of God (1763); however, it is not obvious exactly how Kant proves that this argument cannot succeed. This thesis is concerned with providing an explanation of the change in Kant's view concerning the possibility of providing a theoretical demonstration of the existence of God.

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